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A short impressionistic view of Brazil turns into Donald Duck getting dance lessons from Jose Carioca

Saludos Amigos is the 6th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, released in 1942. It is the first of the six Disney "Package films" made during World War 2, when many members of the production staff were drafted into the war. Due to this decrease in resources, the company could not afford to make feature-length stories during this time and instead produced films composed of multiple shorter segments. Set in Latin America, it is made up of four different segments; Donald Duck stars in two of them. It also features the first appearance of José Carioca ( the brazilian parrot) in Aquarela do Brasil.

Saludos Amigos premiered in Rio de Janeiro on August 24, 1942. It was released in the United States on February 6, 1943. It garnered mixed reviews and was only reissued once, in 1949. It was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Song in 1943.  

 

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